June 4 – 13


BFF’s Website (virtual event) & Windmill Studios in Greenpoint, Brooklyn (indoor event). 


140 film premieres will be competing for the Grand Chameleon Award (and other 29 minor awards). Even the smallest festival film can win the top festival award: The Grand Chameleon.


BFF is an international competitive festival. Films are submitted as and divided into six categories: Feature Narrative, Feature Documentary, Short Narrative, Short Doc, Experimental, and Animation. In terms of presentation, films are grouped into 33 two-hour programs. Additionally, we will present two extra programs under the KidsFilmFest programming umbrella.


The entire lineup will be available from June 4 (starting at 12pm EST) trough June 13 (until 10pm EST) around the clock without interruptions.


BFF’s films are divided in six categories. Each Category can be purchased with a $10 pass. The full virtual festival pass can be purchased at $24 (promotional price for a limited time). One Single Program Ticket can be purchased at $4.


A reduced version on the lineup will be presented at Windmill Studios from Saturday, June 5 to Sunday, June 13. Indoor, the total number of 2-hour programs will be 22, instead of the 35 + 2 KidsFilmFest programs available online. Indoor, we plan to show 3 programs a day on weekends and 2 programs a day on week days. The reason for the reduced indoor lineup is to create longer intermissions, and ultimately safer festival operations. Find below the indoor schedule breakdown. The schedule is still subject to change:

June 5, Sat:   3pm, 6pm, 9pm
June 6, Sun:  3pm, 6pm, 9pm
June 7, Mon:  7pm, 9:30pm
June 8, Tue:   7pm, 9:30pm
June 9, Wed:  7pm, 9:30pm
June 10, Thu: 7pm, 9:30pm
June 11, Fri:   7pm, 9:30pm
June 12, Sat:  3pm, 6pm, 9pm
June 13, Sun: 3pm, 6pm, 9pm


Single program tickets at Windmill Studios will be sold at $15. A full indoor pass will be sold for $50 (promotional price for a limited time).


BFF will present online-only the 17th annual KidsFilmFest on the same dates of the virtual BFF (June 4 – 13). KFF will offer two film programs. One tailored for kids from 3 to 7 and the other for the “older” crowd, 8 to 15 age group. Like for all the other film categories, a pass that will allow the audience to see both KFF programs can be purchased for $10. Festival films are unrated and consists of numerous animated shorts, documentaries, and live-action films. Parental Guidance therefore is recommended.


BFF awards 30 winners with prizes totaling $50,000 in cash, film services, and products. All films in the festival are in competition with a few exceptions. To participate to the competition, a film must be at least a NY Premiere. That said, all films, including the non-premieres can participate in the Audience Award competition. The audience can vote for their favorite films only online, where all the festival films are available. Check here or the latest on Awards & Prizes.


‘The Clearing’ is our 2021 theme. New York residents are getting vaccinated in large numbers and diligently they are observing the city rules regarding safe distancing and mask wearing. Cinemas are re-opening with new, safer policies and criteria. Because of this, we feel a sweet sense of optimism like if we were experiencing a slow awakening from a two-year hibernation. That is why BFF is ready to show indie films to live audiences. Considering the amazing success of last year’s virtual festival, BFF will offer the full lineup online this year as well. ‘The Clearing’ is about safe distancing also from all the accumulated pain and anger of the past couple of years and it is about getting re-acquainted with life’s important values. ‘The Clearing’ is a message of hope while we all try to leave the Covid ‘tunnel’ behind us.


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Organized by the same people who brought to you the Williamsburg Brooklyn Film Festival and the Brooklyn International Film Festival, the 501(c)(3) Brooklyn Film Festival is an organization developed from 24 years of experience. Re-branded in 2010, the new BFF rides an enriched mission.

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BFF accepts paperless entries via FilmFreeway.com from July 1 through March 10 of the following year. For DEADLINES, FAQ, rules, and to submit visit: + SUBMIT A FILM


To provide a public forum in Brooklyn in order to advance public interest in films and the independent production of films.
To draw worldwide attention to Brooklyn as a center for cinema.
To encourage the rights of all Brooklyn residents to access and experience the power of independent filmmaking, and to promote artistic excellence and the creative freedom of artists without censure.

To promote, foster, stimulate, increase, and advance Brooklyn’s public interest in film through the following means:

  • – To organize, sponsor, and present forums, lectures, and discussions related to the creation of independent films.
  • – To conduct classes and workshops for the development of new filmmakers and the public exhibition of new and existing works.
  • – To partner with like-minded organizations to exhibit new and existing works.

To support arts organizations with compatible missions.
To hold an annual competitive film festival in Brooklyn.